Does anyone else remember the excitement of back-to-school as vividly as I do? Butterflies in your stomach, brand new school supplies ready to go, and a crisp wardrobe (or freshly starched uniforms) all in anticipation of a long-awaited reunion with classmates. Now, distinct memories of my elementary school days are faded and fragmented, but the image of my name hand-written on my lunch sack, with a caricature duck forming the capital letter “C”, has stood firm ground in my mind. It’s amazing how little gestures like that one, or notes of encouragement on lunch napkins and sandwiches cut in unexpected shapes, can act an instant pick-me-up from mom. Now that the Fall is upon us, I wanted to create a fun way to send messages to school with your little ones, and these personalized wooden pencils couldn’t have been easier. Follow the jump for instructions, and I’d love to know what sweet things you do for the kiddos when school starts!

  1. Tape off top and bottom of pencils. Spray paint and allow to dry.
  2. Use two pieces of tape to secure the pencils to your crafting surface at the bottom and top of it.
  3. Dip letter stamps into your gold ink pad, and hammer your message into an edge of the pencil. Set aside to dry.
20 comments
  1. 1
    Claire Z. | August 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Such an easy, simple, and fun idea! Thanks for this one I’m definitely going to try it out!

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    Andrea | August 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    What a cute idea! A friend of mine will be off to university in a few weeks… this would make for a lovely gift…
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  3. 3
    Dana McDowell | August 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Literally LOVE this. Oh my goodness, I’m such a pencil girl!

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    Lindsey | August 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I still get the excitement of back to school! Except this time it’s for university. I don’t know if I’d use those pencils, haha. But they are really cute. 🙂

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

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    cristina | August 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    where did you get the metal letter stamps? is there a place online that you’d recommend for purchase?

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    cristina | August 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    i found some on amazon but have noted they come in many different sizes- not sure which size is best!

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    torviewtoronto | August 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

    looks cool

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    smart teacher | May 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I’m a teacher. My pencils always seemed to ‘walk away’ until I stamped them with: “I want to marry Justin Bieber” lol! No more problems ????

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    Miranda | August 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    What size stamps did you use?

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    Veronica Howard | September 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Does the impact crack the lead within the pencils? Do you recommend a well made pencil?

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    amy y | June 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Your hoAbby lobby link is broke so what size stamps did you use please?

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